Carea varipes Walker
Carea varipes Walker, 1856
, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus., 10: 475.
Chora curvifera Walker, 1862, J. Linn. Soc. (Zool.), 6: 188.
Walker, 1865, List Specimens lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus.,
Carea varipes ab. lilacina Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde,
Carea varipes ab.
Warren, 1913, Gross-Schmett. Erde, 3: 298.
Bull. Mus. r. Hist. nat. Belg., 14 (13): 33.
Carea varipes Walker; Kobes,
Diagnosis. The forewing is a distinctive, rather
axe-head shape as in
with a similar, curved double postmedial cutting off the distal area; however,
it is narrower and more orange than in any Diehlea.
Taxonomic note. The Sulawesi race has a generally more pinkish tinge and
flies with C. simplicilinea Warren (= leucobathra Prout syn. n.,
originally described as a
subspecies of varipes). The latter was described from New Guinea and also
occurs in S. Maluku. It has very similar facies to varipes except the
dorsal zone of the hindwing is distinctly whitish. The aedeagus vesica has two
clumps of cornuti rather than one. Kobes (1997) described
from Sumatra, stating that the cornuti of the aedeagus were larger than in
varipes; dissection of a small sample indicated that those of the holotype
at least were within the range of a degree of variability in varipes. The
final member of the group,
Bethune-Baker, is endemic to New Guinea.
Geographical range. Oriental Region to Sundaland; Sulawesi (ssp.
Habitat preference. The species is infrequent but occurs in forest from the
lowlands to about 1600m.
Yunus & Ho (1980) recorded Eugenia and Rhodomyrtus (Myrtaceae) as
host-plants. Robinson et al. (2001) added Campomanesia,
Cleistocalyx and Syzygium in the same family.
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